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“Books Books Books”

Powell's City of Books
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$65.00*
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Private and Personal Tour of Portland
Ranked #1 of 128 Shopping in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The world's largest book store.
Los Angeles, California
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85 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Books Books Books”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

This is not over rated. You could spend a few days in this store and never get through all the publications that have there.The also have a used book display with some great books. Don't miss it if you like to browse or better yet...read!

Visited August 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Huge, friendly, funky, and proletariat!”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

We loved this bookstore. It is great that they could still have an independent bookstore of this size in the center of Portland. They encourage browsing and in their cafe, there are many people who look like they are lingering to use the free internet, not wealthy people but cordial, law-abiding. They also buy back used books.

Visited August 2012
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“Oh my god! It's HUGE!”
Reviewed September 7, 2012 via mobile

We planned on an hour or two there but could have spent days! If you even just like books it is worth a stop. They have new and used books for sale that are stored togther so you don't have to go searching from place to place. Everything is very organized

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“poetry and bees”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

Powell's has so many books you have to go a few times before you are not too overwhelmed to know what to do with yourself. The staff is always helpful and kind. The building is an interesting walk just to look. I found just what I wanted and lots of happy surprises.

Visited September 2012
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Poughkeepsie, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“what a bookstore should be”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Powell's must be the world's -- or at least the country's -- largest remaining independent bookstore, and visiting it is a real treat, whether you are looking for a specific book, browsing an area, or being a tourist. It is vast, expansive, and well-marked; the info desk is very helpful (and with a good sense of humor). Don't miss it,

Visited August 2012
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